Susan Hirsch, a Professor of Anthropology and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, talked to NPR’s Melissa Block about Bin Laden’s death. Susan Hirsch’s husband was killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Melissa Block: I was wondering if over time, if Osama bin Laden did come to personify to you what happened with your husband, Jamal. Was that sort of the face of that tragedy?
Susan Hirsch: I think early on, he was. And then as it became clearer what al-Qaida was and as his position in al-Qaida shifted, I think he no longer summed it all up for me. I have sort of moved on beyond him.
Melissa Block: Was there any part of you that felt relief when you heard he’d been killed?
Susan Hirsch: To be honest, no. I think that that little bit of fear turned into a concern, you know, a concern for what might be done in response or retaliation, at least for the short-term.
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